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How to reset all Local Group Policy settings

You have changed the Group Policy (local, not in a domain) and are not sure exactly what changed – You can undo all of the changes by doing the following. At the command prompt (as Administrator), type the following – … Continue reading

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Slow USB Transfer rate? Try this

If you are experiencing slow USB Transfer rates, try this. Insert your USB drive. Open the Device Manager Expand Disk Drives and double click on your flash drive Check the box “Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device”

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Windows 10 not updating

After the Anniversary edition came out for Windows 10, many people have had the probelm of updating their OS. What are some of the fixes? Apparently KB3189866 will hang the OS. Download and apply this KB (full download of the … Continue reading

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Use stordiag.exe to test your storage

Want to check your hard disk / solid state disk for errors?  Use stordiag to test your storage. First run stordiag.exe -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag Next run – stordiag.exe -collectEtw -checkFSConsistency -out c:\users\yourusername\desktop\stordiag This will return logs, registry entries and other information … Continue reading

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Fixwin 10 – An excellent tool from the Windows Club

Have a few errors with Windows 10? Here’s an excellent tool to get you back on track.  The Windows Club comes through again. Information and download is found here. Features – Here is the list of fixes offered by FixWin … Continue reading

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Internet or network application slow? You may need to temporarily disable Nagle’s Algorithm

With the Nagle-Algorithm, Windows takes small packets and packages them in to more manageable and efficient sizes.   If you have poor latency, you might try to disable the Nagle-Algorithm.  Nagle’s algorithm helps to control congestion when small packets are … Continue reading

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Windows 10 menu not working

Has your Windows 10 menu stopped work? Here’s what you can do. Open up PowerShell as an administrator You may have to navigate here if you cannot open with the menu – C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0 Right click and run as Administrator Next … Continue reading

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Reset and Fix Windows Updates

The following commands help to reset Windows Update History along with resetting and re-registering components.  Open an elevated command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following (in italics)- (References below –  double check before running) net stop bits … Continue reading

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Default services in Windows

Need a quick reference for the default services in Windows? Visit Service Defaults.

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Rufus USB boot and Hiren’s Boot ISO

Hiren’s Boot CD is one of the best tools IT personnel can get their hands on.  (See our article on adding the GeGeek Toolkit) WIth the following tools, Hiren’s can help you diagnose, repair and secure your computer – Avira … Continue reading

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Reset Windows Updates

Reset your Windows updates.  Type the following in a command prompt- attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2 attrib -h -r -s %windir%\system32\catroot2\*.* net stop wuauserv net stop CryptSvc net stop BITS ren %windir%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.old ren %windir%\SoftwareDistribution sold.old ren “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\application data\Microsoft\Network\downloader” downloader.old … Continue reading

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Only one user showing during logon of Windows 8/8.1 Pro

After some some updates, you may notice that you cannot see all of the users when logging in. Open GPEdit.msc (Group Policy Editor) Navigate to Windows Settings, Security Settings, Local Policies, Interactive logon: Do not display last username and double … Continue reading

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Windows Updates will not install on Windows 7, 8 or Servers

Windows Updates may have an inconstancy that prevents the installation of updates or service packs.  Here’s what you should do – Windows 8 At an elevated command prompt, type – DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth Windows 7 (32 Bit)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3132(64 Bit)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858 

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The Ultimate Toolkit for IT Professionals – GE Geek Toolkit

I discovered GE Geek through Rick at What’s On My PC.  GE Geek is a resource like no other.  The time and dedication to linking and uploading the thousands of resources at GE Geek is commendable. The best feature by far … Continue reading

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Red X on network icon – Windows 7

Have you ever experienced a red X   on the network icon in the taskbar on Windows 7? Symptoms – Red X on the network icon (by time on taskbar) Still able to go to the internet Click “Start or orb” … Continue reading

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Insurance for your computer

Need a little insurance for your computer?  You’ve got anti-virus, anti-malware, cleaners, defrag tools, and other tools. But do you have an image, backups, restore points and repair disc?  Go to your System Properties and set some insurance on your … Continue reading

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Fix Windows Problems with Microsoft’s Fix It Solution Center

Microsoft’s Fix it center offers fixes for some issues you may have with your Windows operating system and other Microsoft products

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Paragon Rescue Kit – Rescue Your Harddrive

Although this is a link to Paragon’s Rescue Kit Free Edition, this software is powerful enough to let you rescue your data or your operating system’s ability to boot.   Link

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Fix Common Windows Errors

Microsoft’s Automated Troubleshooting Services is an online scanner that allows you to scan your computer for common problems.  Link to Microsoft’s ATS If you have Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 you can follow these steps to find problems – … Continue reading

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